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What's on this November in Rotterdam

This month Rotterdam hosts the MTV European Music Awards which means we’re the music mecca of Europe for Music Week, along with hosting pop culture art exhibitions, comedy, belly dancing and more - here's what's on this November in Rotterdam. Don’t miss out!

MTV European Music Awards Rotterdam 2016

6th November

We’ve all been waiting for this awesome event to hit town, as MTV EMA arrives it’s bringing a fiesta of musical events to get Rotterdam dancing! Taking place on 6th November, these awards are much anticipated with live performances from international artists including Kings of Leons, OneRepublic, & DNCE. See their performance live - find out more here

MTV EMA: Music Week Rotterdam 2016

From 2nd November

Don’t miss this week long music celebration in a host of venues throughout Rotterdam as MTV EMA comes to town! Music Week means you can get your groove on to plenty of performances and shows in unusual venues – over 500 in fact! With a variety of artists and genres, there’s something for every music lover in Rotterdam this November. Experience everything from jazz to prog rock, kicking off with the Official Opening Party at Annabel on Wednesday 2nd November. With so much music happening around town, here are our favourite picks to get funky…

REC - ‘A Future Classic’
Weekend 4th & 5th November

This weekend festival will blow you away with the performances from Santigold, DJ SBTRKT, Skepta, Rhye, Mount Kimbie and more. Get your tickets fast!

9th November

See pop rock sensation play live at ace venue Maassilo – guaranteed to be a rocking night!

Pop Week special with four bands performing live at ROOM

Room has seen a renovation making it the new hotspot in town for live music - and all with free entrance! Check out the friendly vibe, meet people from around the world and enjoy the budget friendly bar! Here’s what’s on for Pop Week

New amazing bar and chill out area revamp for Hostel ROOM
With an amazing line up of live music events coming this month, we have revamped our cosy bar and chill out space to make it even better! We’ve even had our bar remade so you can enjoy the cool new vibe – you won’t want to leave! With retro lighting and fresh tone colours, you’ll love the light space and trendy bar. We’ve kept our fabulous vintage furniture and comfortable chill out zone but updated everything to make it an even better space to enjoy - come and try out our new menu, happy hour specials, relax in our bright space and enjoy our live performances, from stand up comedy to reggae. Make Room your front room!

New delicious menu at Hostel ROOM
Already serving the best coffee in town, Room has now released their new menu, and it’s delicious! With Dutch specialities and some foody favourites from around the world, there’s no better place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy your lunch or snacks with a homely atmosphere. How do you like your breakfast? What about our Wakey Wakey eggs, our Yogi Bear healthy crueslie, fruit and yoghurt, and of course our delicious cappuccinos. If you want to meet travellers from all over the world, see some great open mic and live music, and make new friends, then check out our homely space that’s made just for you.

Pop Week Special

Popronde Rotterdam - Matt Winson
Saturday 5th November from 5pm, Free Entrance

Having finished their tour around Europe this band is now playing songs from their debut EP ‘Glowing Eyes’ at Room Rotterdam! They band plays a creative mix of prog folk with influences of jazz and electronic - you’re going to love it!

Standup ’69, Havington and WegoEgo are playing their way through the night with a mixture of acoustic guitars with added synth from Standup ’69, acoustic indiepop from Lavington and groovy prog pop from WegoEgo. Come down and enjoy a night of free music in our friendly bar!
Jon Lindsay & Vocalsz
Sunday 6th November from 7pm, Free Entrance

Jon Lindsay and Vocalsz play live in our bar with Jon playing indie-pop/rock and Vocalsz providing our Sunday chilled vibe with their jazzy sounds. With a band full of talent, expect some classic covers and a flavour or pop, R&B and gospel.

To find out what else is on in Music Week check out the listings here

November Exhibitions for Art Lovers at the Kunsthal

Don’t miss A Different Vision on Fashion Photography with photos from Peter Lindberg (until February), with photos documenting the rise of the Supermodel and how 90’s fashion took on the world. The new Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design exhibition runs from October until 15th January at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, representing the potential of design and how it integrates with contemporary events. Check out over 120 African artists’ work in this centre of pop culture and innovation.

Cameretten Festival - Finale

26th November

Last but not least - the happiest date in town - it’s the Cameretten Comedy Festival. This indie festival sees up and coming acts breaking onto the comedy circuit so come and laugh along! (If you speak Dutch it will be funnier!)

We hope you enjoyed our guide to What's on this November in Rotterdam!